Kiefer Edwards crossed another goal off his list.
The Crater High senior was named the Class 5A boys basketball player of the year on Tuesday.
“It’s great to finally get this,” said the 6-foot-6 wing. “It’s been a goal of mine for some time to be player of the year. It feels great to have all the hard work finally pay off.”
Edwards, who has signed on to play for Southern Oregon University and coach Brian McDermott, was second in Class 5A scoring last season with an average of 20.5 points per game and led the division in rebounding at 11.6 per game.
He helped the Comets to fifth place in the state tournament. They went 25-3.
Crater won its first conference championship in 28 years, claiming the Midwestern League crown with a 13-1 record.
The journey the Comets took was the highlight, said Edwards, who shot 63 percent from the field and 37 percent from 3-point range.
“Just the memories I made with the team,” he said. “Going so far in the tournament and winning the league. It was just a fun and successful season with my brothers.”
Edwards was the top scorer and rebounder at the state tournament, averaging 22.0 points and 14.3 rebounds in the Comets’ three games.
He finished his career at Crater with 1,467 points and 672 rebounds.
He can play both inside and outside and is noted for his jumping ability, an asset that was on display in the Mail Tribune All-Star Basketball Classic, when Edwards had several acrobatic dunks while compiling 28 points, 10 rebounds and four assists in his team’s victory.
He’s looking forward to college ball.
“I’m just really working out, staying in condition and trying to put on some weight for the next level,” said Edwards. “I know it’s going to be a big factor. I’m just trying to bring as much to the table as I can for SOU.”
That he’ll be close to home is a bonus.
“It’ll be great to have my family come to the games and be able to go visit them on the weekends,” he said. “It all worked out great.”
Former North Medford player Maggie Freeman was selected co-player of the year for 6A girls, sharing the award with Southridge teammate Cameron Brink. Freeman, a senior guard headed to Boise State, transferred to the Beaverton school after two years with the Black Tornado.
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